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    Is Chiang Rai a reasonable place in which to live

    ......or will I become riven with ennui and resort to part time alcoholism?

    I visited with my wife some years ago and enjoyed the trip immeasurably although I did get food poisoning but I don't bear a grudge.

    We went in late October and the weather was what seems to linger in our memories - sweltering in the Bangkok malaise as I now do it has assumed an importance not previously considered.

    The point is I have returned to Thailand, ostensibly for retirement, accompanied by my wife and we have both realised that Bangkok is now scarcely tolerable. The usual seaside alternatives do not appeal in the long term ( farang tourists and Thai holidaymakers soon make anywhere pall after a while ) and the wife's home town of Surin is definitely off the agenda not least because close proximity to her family fills us both with dread. The Isaan plateau may occasionally have a certain bucolic charm but most of the time I struggle with the monotony of it all.

    Anyways, are there any denizens of the CR district who can offer any insights?

    I do like a drink from time to time and value interesting spirited conversation but am prepared to talk to anyone, even Americans.

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    I like Nong Kai.

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    Sounds like you're running out of places to live in Thailand.
    Perhaps a return to your home country could be another viable option?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    or will I become riven with ennui and resort to part time alcoholism?
    Sounds a good lifestyle choice to me

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    Chiang Rai is BORING

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    Sounds like you are into alcoholism already. Drinking is a lot cheaper here in Thailand. There is a guy like you 2 doors down and he enjoys himself drinking every night except when he frist wakes up he tells me.

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    It's certainly a nice part of the world, although I reckon my preference would be upriver in small but lovely Tha Ton. I guess I like boring, and not too many farangs around.

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    I like Chiang Rai and could easily live there.
    Why don't you take a month off to go visit and see if you can handle the tranquility

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent View Post
    I do like a drink from time to time and value interesting spirited conversation but am prepared to talk to anyone, even Americans.

    Oh how wonderful, let me start,..Go fuck yourself.

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    I think you'll be bored there and I believe it's also subject to the nice band of pollution that screws up the air in Chiang Mai and much of central Thailand.

    I think you'd have more of a life in Northern Isaan; either Nong Khai or Udon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    I do like a drink from time to time and value interesting spirited conversation but am prepared to talk to anyone, even Americans.
    There seems to be less pubic wigs in Nong Khai; Udon's overrun with them.

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    Seems to me he'd be bored anywhere. Boredom is a creation of the individual.

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    lived ther many years ago for a couple of months on work
    very nice
    at middle age i'd think it would be ok especially with the wonders of the t'internet

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    I've been there a few times and like the feel of it.

    I seen a sign saying "Chiang Rai Beach " foking hell, I thought I was in the mountains.

    There's another place called the Red parrot or Red dragon or something foking Red ?

    Famous knocking shop.
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    Red Rose ?

    Short time hotel with themed rooms

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    Urm, thanks mate lucky your experienced.

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    Thanks for the replies even if some may have lacked a depth I was hoping for. Assuming you are a septic Landreth I was just joking - for reasons I don't fully comprehend many of my current chums are actually septics but I don't let that impede our relationship. Sometimes you just have to take the consequences of your democracy but I am actually quite forgiving.

    I think I am right in thinking one's instincts are pointing in the right direction and shall pursue the whim.

    However, what I was hoping for was an account of someone who is already there and can relate his experience with a brio not necessarily born out of drink or cynicism resulting from a thwarted relationship consummated in a hoochy coochy bar from Nakhon Whoresville.

    It's a pity Blackgang has gone and I missed the opportunity to meet the chap but doubtless another character may emerge in time.

    So, apart from assertions to the contrary, what are the attractions of living that far North?

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    I'm surprised we don't have any 'far northerners' actually- we seem to have just about everywhere else covered. Ah well, looks like you'll be our future correspondent there gent.

    Speaking as a visitor-
    Some beautiful scenery up that way, indeed.
    The weather is more seasonal then the tropical south- a winter you can feel.
    Hill tribes n stuff- more ethnic & cultural diversity compared to the monocultures south & Isaan.
    If you need a farang scene, CR has a modest expat population & tourism. Theres even a small bar soi there 'little Pattaya'. Modest though- it's certainly not CM.

    Cruising thru' the far north a few years back, my overall thoughts were 'I could live here'. Of course, like most of us probably, I've ended up camping in the family tribal lands. If they were a nightmare, the far north would have been on my shortlist though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    I do like a drink from time to time and value interesting spirited conversation but am prepared to talk to anyone, even Americans.
    You don't like Americans? The people or the government?

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    Chiang Rai is a great little town to explore the far north. Also has quality accommodation at a good price, nice food, friendly people and a good vibe.

    Not for the mongers or party crowd seeking a wow knees up sort of time.

    I use it as a base to hire a motor bike and wander off from there as the surrounding area is stunning in season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    The point is I have returned to Thailand, ostensibly for retirement, accompanied by my wife and we have both realised that Bangkok is now scarcely tolerable. The usual seaside alternatives do not appeal in the long term ( farang tourists and Thai holidaymakers soon make anywhere pall after a while ) and the wife's home town of Surin is definitely off the agenda not least because close proximity to her family fills us both with dread. The Isaan plateau may occasionally have a certain bucolic charm but most of the time I struggle with the monotony of it all.
    Bloody hell mate thats a strange one ,, it goes without saying my missus loves her family to bits ( and so do I ) we wont be too far from them when we re settle here.


    C,mon you yanks on here ... cut a bit of slack , that was an Englishman,s sense of humour , throw away remark ,, I,m sure nothing intended other than a bit of banter , could have been any nationallity mentioned
    I'm proud of my 38" waist , also proud I have never done drugs

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    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Blackgang has gone
    Yes, what ever happened to Blackgang?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orroz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by thegent
    Blackgang has gone
    Yes, what ever happened to Blackgang?
    http://teakdoor.com/members-only/79090-blackgang-has-passed-away.html

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    I know that you will laugh, but I like the North East. Very few farang, nice people, no one constantly trying to sell you stuff. Great local food beautiful scenery with few tourists cheap land and good climate. So Loei Chang Khan

    Feels like you are in a foreign country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nigelandjan View Post
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    Americans don't understand humour, only "humor".

    I've managed to remain on speaking-terms with an Oregonian for nearly 10 years, but then he does have a penchant for Britishisms.

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